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I've been struggling with trying to see what the future of our traditional knife clubs and associations looks like.
For years, our local clubs provided a social gathering for like-minded collectors. Then you also have the regional and national associations providing certain benefits to their members in exchange for dues. These benefits included, among other things, newsletters/magazines, organized knife shows, club knives and identity.
Now it seems these benefits are provided by other means. Moreover, I've observed most folks don't see the need to join these groups. So, have our clubs/associations failed to connect with collectors today? Or what?
I've been interested in promoting knife collecting as a hobby through the Web for many years and have had the opportunity to talk with lots of officers and directors of various clubs/associations, both big and small.
Across the board their challenges are the same:
Have the days of "organized" knife associations gone/are going the way of the dinosaur? What is the future knife collecting association going to look like?
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